Zorzal

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Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Gualtallary, Uco Valley
People: Gerardo, Matias, & Juan Pablo Michelini, Owners | Juan Pablo Michelini, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir Rose, Tupungato Login In Stock
Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato Login DEC 95 In Stock
Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 92 W&S 92 In Stock
Zorzal 2015 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login WA 90+ AG 88 In Stock
Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login On Order
Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 90 WA 91+ In Stock
Zorzal 2016 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato Login In Stock
Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato New! Login WA 94 In Stock



Media Links
Grape Collective: Elevating Malbec: Gerardo Michelini of Zorzal
Quench Magazine: Argentina's Canadian Connection
Around the World in 80 Harvests: A New Style of Wine in Mendoza: Interview with Winemaker Matias Michelini
Amanda Barnes Blog: 10 Argentine Winemaker's to Watch (Matias & Juan Pablo both mentioned)
Dining Out: Zorzal Wines
De Vinos y Vides: Juan Pablo Michelini: Creando Vinos en Huevos de Cemento

Social Media Links

Twitter: @micheliniwine, @juampimiche, @zorzalwines
Instagram: @micheliniwine09, @jpmiche, @geramichelini

Zorzal is a young winery that began in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo (the winemaker) along with a group of Canadian investors, with it’s first vintage being 2008. The winery and vineyards are located in the subregion of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary, outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest winery in Mendoza. The estate consists of 70 hectares on a unique blend of sand, stones, and limestone and is planted to multiple varietals including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a few others.

The grapes are all harvested by hand, and the vision is to have minimal intervention (or a "light hand") in the winery so as to let the fruit and terroir shine. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyards and uses only indigenous yeast in the winemaking process. Zorzal tends to pick its grapes a little earlier (greener) than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity in their wines instead of the overblown ripeness that is too often seen. They are already considered to be a rising star in Argentina with their focused wines and enticing expression of multiple varietals above and beyond their stunning Malbecs.

Reviews

  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (3/1/2016)

    (vinified with a portion of whole clusters): Bright pale-medium red. Pungent chalky lift to the aromas of raspberry, red cherry, white pepper and spices. Silky-smooth and extremely dry on the palate, with strong soil-driven salinity to the red fruit and spice flavors. Fascinating flavorful Pinot with suave, dusty tannins and excellent subtle persistence. Another fine value.
  • Zorzal 2015 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90+ (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Terroir Único Malbec is produced with the fruit from eight- to 12-year-old vines on sandy and stony-limestone soils at 1,350 meters altitude. The destemmed grapes fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts and was kept in those vats between five and ten months until bottling, as there are four bottling lots. The nose is very fruit-driven and mixes berries with a hint of pollen and honey, giving it an accessible and easy to understand profile. The palate is juicy, with cherry flavors and almost unnoticeable tannins. It ends dry, with seriousness.
  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (12/30/2016)

    The 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir follows a fermentation process similar to the Terroir Único, but the wine matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for 14 months. There is a volatile touch intermixed with ripe wild berries and more development, with a spicy twist. The palate is medium-bodied and with grainy tannins, mixing ripeness with moderate acidity.
  • Zorzal 2015 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (7/5/2017)

    Fresh scents of dark berries, black pepper, spices and herbs; as fresh and light in its way as the Zorzal Pinots. A juicy, smooth midweight with lively flavors of berries, licorice and spices. Good chalky lift to the suave finish. Again, I found myself wanting a bit more material. But with its fresh acidity, this Malbec offers easy drinkability. Finishes with a light dusting of tannins.
  • Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato
    Decanter
    Rating: 95 (10/1/2017)

    A scintillating expression of Cabernet Franc, very pretty on the nose, with firm tannins and fresh acidity on the palate. Dark berries and bell pepper nose leads to an energetic palate with refreshing, herbal-edged black fruit.
  • Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (12/30/2016)

    The one blend in the Eggo range is the 2015 Eggo Tinto de Tiza, which mixes Malbec with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in 2,000-liter egg-shaped cement vats where the wine matured for almost one year. This feels quite complete and balanced, with good ripeness while keeping the balance and poise. The palate is juicy and fresh, with fine-grained tannins and a bittersweet finish akin to sour cherries. Very tasty and long. Super. Incredible for the price.
  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (7/1/2017)

    Cassis, minerals, dried herbs, pepper, spices and dark chocolate on the ripe nose. Juicy, sappy and deep, with lovely floral and mineral energy to the medium-bodied dark berry, licorice and spice flavors; shows a Pinot-like tangy quality that's captivating. Here the serious dusty, building tannins arrive early but do not cut off the fruit. I'd give this another year to harmonize. A wonderfully mineral-edged wine with real lift and savory intensity. And an incredible value.
  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 92 (2/1/2017)

    Winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini sources the grapes for this wine from the high altitudes of Gualtallary, in the Uco Valley. Ripe and at the same time dense, it's a terrific example of Uco Valley Malbec, as soft as a cushion, filled with flavors of red fruit and spices. Serve it at cellar temperature to best show off all its violet and cherry details.